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Still beautiful after all these years

Furman University has received yet another accolade for the beauty of its campus. According to “Best College Reviews,” Furman ranked No. 30 among the “100 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America.” To compile the list, nominations were selected based on the schools’ inclusion in dozens of comparable most beautiful lists and a survey of friends and colleagues both in and out of academia. The website said “picturesque natural features such as green spaces, bodies of water and arboretums were the key criteria, as was elegant architecture—and specific buildings and areas were then singled out for their outstanding looks.”

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Good news for college graduates

According to a story in The Wall Street Journal, this year’s college graduates are earning more than they expected to in their first jobs out of school. That doesn’t surprise John Barker, Furman’s director of Career Services, who was quoted in the story. While he won’t begin collecting detailed salary data from Furman’s 2014 graduates for another two months, Barker said anecdotal evidence suggests pay is up by about five percent and campus visits by employers increased 20 percent.

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The Marathon Man

Bill Pierce, a health sciences professor at Furman, is well known throughout the running world as the co-author of Run Less, Run Faster: Become a Faster, Stronger Runner with the Revolutionary FIRST Training Program, which has become something of a bible for modern runners. He recently took a whirlwind tour of India, where he talked to runners in Hyderabad, Chennai, Bangalore and New Delhi. A veteran of 39 marathons, Pierce was there to spread the word on importance of staying healthy, fit and of course, on running.His presence in India led to a lot of media coverage about his theories of running, including stories in The Hindu and Live Mint.

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Sustainability and collaboration

Furman is well known for its beautiful campus, commitment to sustainability and opportunities for deep undergraduate student research. These three components came together when the campus was recently designated as a Level I arboretum through The Morton Register of Arboreta. Yancey Fouché, associate director of the David E. Shi Center for Sustainability at Furman, explained how such cross-campus collaboration works in an article for the August 2014 issue of College Planning & Management.

 

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The wisdom of students

When 2014 graduate Zach Hall was a student at Furman, he developed a course-selection website that helped his fellow students sign up for and keep track of available classes. As a result, Hall’s contributions to Furman’s website development were mentioned in a New York Times article about how some college students are “producing faster, easier-to-navigate, more informative and generally just better versions of the information systems at the heart of undergraduate life.” Hall graduated from Furman this past spring with a degree in computer science.  Read the article.

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The affair continues

Graham Wright ’00 originally moved to Boston to get a PhD in chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Then he decided he’d rather be a singer, but that also wasn’t enough. Turns out, the Florence, S.C., native need a bit more of a challenge – like, say, revolutionizing the entire arts scene in Massachusetts, […]

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The growing number of women college presidents

The days of the college presidency as a job for men is quickly becoming outdated as more and more women step into the role. At the recent Harvard Seminar for New Presidents, there were 23 female presidents in attendance—almost half of the total 50 attendees. Furman president Elizabeth Davis was among the seminar attendees and she was quoted in an article published on the Harvard University website about being Furman’s first female president. “The notion about being the first is so interesting to so many people, but what I like to say about being the first is that it implies there will be more,” Davis says.

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Helping start a new church

Faith is at the center of the life and career of Dr. Vaughn CroweTipton, associate vice president for spiritual life and professor of religion at Furman. Over the years, he has served as a pastor and a professor, and these days CroweTipton is helping to start a new church in Greenville, Emmanuel United Church of Christ, which began holding services earlier this year. The church hasn’t been chartered yet, and it’s not accepting formal memberships, and it’s still in the process of developing its identity.  Read more in The Greenville News.

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Does flexible work schedule benefit everybody?

Flexible work is often touted as the answer to everything that’s wrong with the modern workplace. If workers can use technology to set their own hours, and work when, where and in whatever manner they’re most productive, then everybody wins. But what if flexible work makes men look good and continues to hold women back? Research by Furman sociology professor Christin Munsch supports that theory, and she presented her findings at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association. Read more in The Washington PostLos Angeles Times and watch NBC’s Today Show.

Using music to teach the lessons of life

Furman graduate Adam Scheuch is band director at Mauldin High School.  And on Aug. 14, he learned he had been named Greenville County Schools’ Teacher of the Year for 2014-15. Scheuch said he sees himself as a life coach, and he uses music to instill qualities like leadership and teamwork as he helps his students grow to become the best they can be. A National Board Certified teacher, Scheuch graduated from Furman in 1998 with a bachelor’s of music in instrumental education before earning a master’s in music education from from VanderCook College of Music in Chicago. Read more in The Greenville News.